Redskins Win Pre-Season Opener 22-21
The Redskins opened their pre-season with a win against the Tennessee Titans 22-21. The first string offense scored on their second possession when QB Kirk Cousins hit a wide open TE Fred Davis in the back of the endzone. Cousins was very sharp during the time that he played going 6 for 7 for 52 yards with a TD. The offensive line played well despite not having left tackle Trent Williams.
RB Roy Helu continues his come back from injury. He carried the ball 13 times for 57 yards with an 18 yard run as his longest. Evan Rosyter finished with 14 carries for 62 yards.
Rex Grossman took over for Cousins and had shaky first series. He did eventually find Hankerson for a touchdown with a little of 6 minutes remaining in the first half.Pat White finished at QB leading the Redskins on a 4th quarter touchdown drive. The drive took 12 plays ending with White rushing up the middle for 9 yards and the touchdown. He also successfully converted the two point conversion which gave the Redskins a one point lead.
On the defensive side of the ball, it was great seeing LB Brian Orakpo back in action although he did take a bad angle to the QB which opened up a cutback lane for Tennessee’s RB Chris Johnson who ran untouched for a 58 yard touchdown. Rookie Safety Bacarri Rambo also took a bad angle on the play. To his credit, Rambo almost pulled in an INT early in the game but couldn’t hold on to it. The Redskins did sack Locker on their first defensive series but surrendering that 58 yard TD right after the offensive put up seven is going to stick with fans the most. The Redskins did play their three rookie defensive backs in the game and all of them have a lot to learn still.
It’s only one game so we should see improvement of the next three preseason games. S Philip Thomas left the game early with a shoulder and ankle injury. He walked off the field on his but didn’t return to the game. It’s only preseason and it’s only one game but a win sure helps in building confidence especially after last season’s division title. Here’s to seeing improvement in each and every upcoming preseason game.